Aug 24, 2011 10:41pm
Re: To those willing - 1990-09-12 - 1st Set Closers
I think the age thing is correct to some degree.
Although me and my friend are the same age and went to shows together starting in 90. We're mid-30's.
The first Dead I heard was Live Dead and Anthem of the Sun.
My friend began with the later material like Terrapin Station, Shakedown Street and Touch of Grey.
We differ in every respect when it comes to what the Grateful Dead is to us.
He likes the digital dead of the 89-95 years and actually believes he saw some truly great shows.
I am fully engrossed by the 67-74 incarnations of the band, and believe The Grateful Dead were at their best in 72-74 and were a far superior band with one drummer. Not to mention I always feel like I was born way to late.
With that said - I still have some choice gems from the 80's and 90's that I will listen to here and there.
To mention a few:
- The first half of the 2nd set 10/9/89 is phenomenal.
- I like some parts of the Fall New England Tour in 81.
- The first set of 7/19/90 is pretty good.
- The Branford Eyes from 3/29/90 - the rest of that show is pretty weak.
- Late Summer 82 has some good segments of certain shows.
- I always liked 7/13/84 and 9/15/85
I often say that after around 77 I don't think The Grateful Dead ever played a full show that harnessed all the power of the band, and especially not post 79.
There are certainly some moments and parts of shows where all the cosmic tumblers fell into place and they hit it. But it still never was able to shine as brightly as when Garcia was in his prime as a player which is undoubtedly 72 - 74.
It all depends on your perspective. And coming from listening to Phish, and perhaps (I'm guessing) never having saw The Grateful Dead at all - even at their worst in '95... You've got the love of that more big, stadium rock n roll sound the band was doing. Instead of pristine music with lots of depth you get big, brash, over the top endings and such.
I can appreciate some of it, but The Grateful Dead it is not.
This post was modified by clashcity on 2011-08-25 05:41:26